MENTAL HEALTH – 10 December 1997

Dr Julian Lewis: The Minister will have noticed the non-partisan way in which Conservative Members have responded to his suggestions on greater protection for people who suffer mental incapacitation. Is he willing to consult and make representations to his colleagues in the Department of Health, so that a similar non-partisan approach is taken to my own private Member's Bill, which will be debated on Friday morning? I hope that my Bill receives a Second Reading – although that seems unlikely – as it proposes providing greater protection for people who suffer acute episodes of mental illness.